verb (used without object), gaped, gap·ing.
- gap 2,
- gap junction,
- gap phenomenon,
- gap year,
Origin of gape
Examples from the Web for gaped
Beneath him gaped the great sea of clouds covering unknown depths he could not penetrate; but forwards he must go!The Dreamer of Dreams|Marie, Queen of Roumania
Like two sitting statues of stone, they froze motionless, and gaped wide-eyed at the Colonel.Dave Dawson on the Russian Front|R. Sidney Bowen
For an instant, the shock of it was too much; Riordan gaped in disbelief.Duel on Syrtis|Poul William Anderson
My father and Lewis gaped like men who see a penned-in beast slip out through an unimagined passage.The Sleuth of St. James's Square|Melville Davisson Post
The first thing that happened was a view—a view so unexpected and so superb that I gaped at it with my mouth open.My Friend the Chauffeur|C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
Word Origin for gape
early 13c., from an unrecorded Old English word or else from Old Norse gapa "to open the mouth, gape," common West Germanic (cf. Middle Dutch, Dutch gapen, German gaffen "to gape, stare," Swedish gapa, Danish gabe), from PIE *ghai- (see gap). Related: Gaped; gaping. As a noun, from 1530s.